Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Our dad has an amazing garden...absolutely amazing!! Especially considering that we live in Vegas and the ground here is so hard that you can break pick axes when you are digging a hole for a tree (true story). If you don't believe me, look at these pictures of his current garden...
See what I mean...fabulous! And we love being recipients of the delicious home grown produce! =)
Well, are you ready to see the exact opposite of my dad's garden...here is my garden!
Totally pathetic I know...overgrown with mint, weeds and dead plants from last year!
But when I heard about Whitney Farms® I decided to get going on my garden and get serious about this! Our first step was to move the garden to the other side of the house, for various reasons. Here it is almost finished...
Next install drippers (by the way, my dad does NOT have a drip system in his...he goes out and waters it EVERY SINGLE DAY in this 100+ degreen weather...he is dedicated man!!). Next I used some of Whitney Farms organic soil and organic plant food to get a nice jump start on my produce.
I am so excited to see the results of using . I think my chances of producing something decent in this blasted desert ground will be so much better!
Would you like to try it out for yourself?? They are offering a $3 coupon to help your garden get started in the right direction.Whitney Farms®
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
1 large size Reynolds Foil Bag
4 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
1/2 tsp garlic salt
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 to 2 lbs)
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp flour
salt and pepper
Preheat grill to medium high. Open foil bag. Spray inside of foil bag with nonstick cooking spray. Combine potatoes, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Arrange potatoes on one side of foil bag in an even layer. Sprinkle chicken with remaining Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Arrange chicken in an even layer on other side of foil bag. Combine Italian salad dressing, parmesan cheese and flour; spoon over chicken. To seal, double fold open end of foil bag. To cook, slide foil bag onto grill. Grill 20 to 25 minutes in covered grill. Use oven mitts and cut open foil bag with a sharp knife. Carefully fold back top of foil bag, allowing steam to escape. Spoon sauce over chicken. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.
All that being said, here is how I made this recipe. I was certain that I had some foil bags in my cupboard and had everything out to begin making this recipe when I discovered that what I had thought were foil bags were instead crock pot liners. Oops. So I improvised. I went ahead and peeled and chopped my potatoes. Peeling wouldn't be necessary but my children have an aversion to anything that appears to be a peel left on their potatoes, so I peeled mine so I wouldn't have to hear the complaints. I always like to do my potatoes when I have a free minute during the day and then put them in a container large enough to hold them plus cover them with water. So long as they are covered, they won't turn brown or red on you and will patiently wait for you all day, if necessary, until such time as you have the time to use them.
When I was ready to assemble everything in preparation for dinner, I washed my chicken (I prefer to use chicken tenders here since they are more reasonably sized portions for my small eaters), peeled off the yucky parts and tossed these in a dish with the italian seasoning and salt and pepper, trying to coat everything as evenly as possible. I then laid them out in a 9x13 baking dish.
Mix together the dressing, cheese, and flour and then spoon it over the top of each chicken piece.
I forgot to take a picture but at this point, I dumped the potatoes across the top of the chicken. In hindsight, it probably makes more sense to have put the potatoes on the bottom and the chicken on top. Oh well, no harm done. I covered my pan with foil before baking. The night I made this turned out to be a night of multiple miscommunications when one or more persons were missing for various spans of time during the time I was hoping to have dinner ready to eat. So this is how I improvised my cooking schedule first to speed it up and then to slow it back down when I realized that another wrinkle in my immaculate time management had arisen. I baked mine for 40 min. at 425F, then turned the oven down to 350F and cooked for another 20 min. then turned it down yet again, this time to 300F for another 15 minutes. Each time I messed with the temperature, I would also spoon it around so I suppose eventually the chicken did end up on top with the potatoes underneath. Finally, by then, everyone was home and we hastily ate our meal before the next batch of disappearances began. I don't think it needed this much time to bake but it didn't ruin it. It was actually nice and tender despite it's super long convoluted journey through my ovens various temperature scales. Certainly, cooking it on the grill, as advertised, would have been way easier. There you have it folks... improvisation at it's finest! And of course, I forgot to take a picture of the final product so you'll just have to take my word for it that they turned out yummy and delicious (and looked nice too).